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Welcome to Jacksonville Eye Care Center in Jacksonville, FL

It’s nice to see you. Not seeing things clearly can be a problem. That’s true for patients and optometrists. At Jacksonville Eye Care Center, our Doctors see the big picture. We know you want the latest technology, efficient, friendly service, and stylish eyewear. You deserve a practice that puts patients first.

We offer thorough eye exams, convenient appointment scheduling and the very finest care. Our patients recommend us to their own family because we treat you like family.

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Q&A with Our Doctors | Scleral Lenses
What is a scleral lens and why does it work so well with many ocular conditions?

A scleral lens is a large diameter lens made of a highly oxygen permeable material. It does not move on the eye. It is not a contact lens in the strict sense of the word as it has no contact with the cornea. Instead, a liquid reservoir of sterile saline solution fills the space between the back surface of the lens and the front surface of the cornea. This liquid reservoir fills in the surface irregularities of the cornea allowing vision to be restored in a comfortable manner. The lens and the fluid liquid bandage beneath it protect the cornea from exposure to the environment and the rubbing effects of blinking. This cushion of fluid beneath the lens also provides oxygen to the cornea allowing the eye to heal. The effect is to create a smooth optical surface over the diseased or compromised cornea that replaces the distorted surface. Almost all of the time, vision and comfort are improved dramatically. More about Scleral Lenses

What eye conditions are best treated with a scleral lens?

There are a number of eye diseases and conditions that are best treated with a scleral lens. What must be appreciated is the fact that a scleral lens, when fit correctly is a medical device and a therapeutic device all in one. The lenses that we design can be fit to virtually any eye shape and for any degree of visual error while at the same time allowing the diseased or injured eye to heal. Common conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Keratoconus
  • Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
  • Post-refractive surgical complications due to LASIK, Radial Keratotomy (R-K) surgery, PRK, ALK, CK, and so on. Many of these complications include distorted and fluctuating vision, halos, light sensitivity, reduced vision at night and indoors, glare, halos, starbursting, ocular pain, chronic dry eyes and so on.
  • Complications resulting from corneal transplant surgery such as irregular, distorted corneas, chronic dry eye and unstable vision.
  • Post-LASIK corneal ectasia. At one time it was thought that corneal ectasia was a rare risk factor for LASIK. In reality, we are seeing more and more patients suffering vision loss due to post-LASIK ectasia and other side effects from LASIK years after the surgery was done.
  • Chronic dry eye due to systemic disease, medications and a variety of ocular conditions.
  • A variety of corneal and ocular conditions such as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, Sjogren’s Syndrome, corneas damaged as a result of ocular trauma, corneal degenerations and dystrophies, chemical and burn injuries to the eye, and adjacent ocular structures, eyelid abnormalities, aniridia and many other diseases and conditions.

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I have a lot of astigmatism. Can scleral lenses help me? If so, do the lenses need to be weighted so that they don’t rotate?

Almost all cases of astigmatism are due to an irregular cornea. Almost always, scleral lenses will neutralize this corneal irregularity so that an astigmatic correction will not need to be incorporated into the lens design. However, occasionally some of the astigmatism cannot be corrected with a spherical scleral lens correction. In cases like this, an astigmatic design is created with the scleral lens weighted so that it will not rotate. This lens does not need to be inserted in any special manner as the lens will rotate to the proper orientation on its own. More about Scleral Lenses

I have visual distortions because of dry eye. Can a scleral lens help me?

A gas permeable scleral lens replaces the cornea as an optical surface. It does not matter how distorted your corneas are. A well fitted scleral lens gives you the equivalent of a new cornea. As far as dryness issues area concerned, the bowl of the scleral lens is filled with unpreserved saline solution. When placed on your eye, the lens does not touch your cornea. A liquid reservoir of pure saline solution fills the space between the back surface of the lens and the front surface of the cornea. In other words, your corneas are always in a moist environment. More about Scleral Lenses

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Jacksonville Eye Care Center
953 Lane Avenue S
Jacksonville, FL 32205-1405
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Eye Emergencies

If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.

Please call our office at 904-786-4442 for further instructions. Use your best judgment on urgency, if you feel your need to find the nearest emergency room.